John Tucker Must Die

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
Betty Thomas
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
John Tucker Must Die is a darkly humorous tale of revenge from director Betty Thomas. Kate (Brittany Snow) is the new girl in school, but she's been around long enough to know John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is a lying, cheating scumbag. She's seen her single mother get her heart broken time and again by lying, cheating men, and has no sympathy for two-timers. When best friends Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush), and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) discover they've all been secretly involved with John Tucker, Kate encourages them to get revenge on the manipulative basketball star. No matter how creative they get with their revenge plans, every scheme backfires on them, with Tucker gaining even more popularity and fawning girls. After he breaks off the relationship with each of the friends, they know they need more firepower and enlist Kate to help them. If Kate can make Tucker fall in love with her, they can have their ultimate revenge when she dumps him. Their carefully laid plans may be in jeopardy, though, when Kate finds herself growing attracted to Tucker. Will the smooth-talking Tucker win out again?moreless

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  • 50

    The New York Times

    Penn Badgley is wildly charismatic in the role of John Tucker's younger brother. The entire picture could hang on his cheekbones alone. If only Mr. Metcalfe shared his talents.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Predictable developments are more or less redeemed by spirited execution and the pleasures of an able, good-looking cast.

  • 25

    Entertainment Weekly

    Astonishingly (and offensively), the witless ending comes down harder on the women than the cad.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dark Comedy, relationship woes, fresh faced teens, catfights, college humor